Not Good Enough

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It is so easy to feel not good enough,

whether it is my own comparison to other people’s work, lives, or possesions

or because someone has made a comment that I need to excercise or

they tell me how I could be happy if I worked a 9 to 5 job that I hate.

It is a spirit and a hope pushing those feelings away

to make room for the new that I want to feel,

that brand new discovery of something I like.

I reach out to those who feel inclined to insult me to help me.

I try to just go to them to support them in their endeavors.

It is a bit awkward when I do yoga everyday and walk, so I guess

they are looking for someone a bit more perfect than me.

I feel like they think to themselves, why am I not getting what I want from her.

A few might think about what might insults a woman and there is the answer.

They never think maybe there are things I could insult them,

but I don’t, because it might make them feel not good enough.

My life is a momentary flash on this small earth in this great galaxy.

I want to be happy and healthy and a little fat is not what anyone

will remember in the end.

You may be traveling to get somewhere and have to forgo some things

in order to reach your destination for your next great adventure.

Some people will not know how to help you for sure and in the process

forget their heart. Do not ever let anyone’s momentary dementia deter you

from the love you want to be.

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Following the Words

Swirling in the rhythm of life, my heart,

finding the words that match

the spirit inside that drives the day.

My heart swirls and finds peace for

a length of time the length of a twig,

before it is looking for more.

Why does it think it needs more,

there is always more.

Power is so uninteresting to my heart,

only love, only nature, only harmony

with the one I love.

My heart knows that peace does not last forever,

but mine is a patient heart and it waits for that amazing

moment when the peace happens all over again.

 

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For the Love of Travel/Travel for Love Poetry/Curtail Sonnet

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Curtail sonnet is a ten line sonnet, give or take and is a basic shortened version of the regular sonnet which is usually fourteen lines. Originally from Italy and translated as “little song” , you can easily see the simple few lines as the transfer of the feeling of inspired love by a known or new found muse.

I finally realize love is an emotion led by many things and in different ways by everyone. It took me a while to realize how easy it is to make a conscious effort to call upon the love that I have in my heart and to reveal and be proud of feeling love and being loved. Travel is one thing that opens my love heart and inspires lots of possibilities and wonderful ideas. I am going to try my hand at a curtail sonnet about travel and hopefully a little love.

Your voice stops for a moment,

and you ask me how I am.

Your love repairs what’s broken

and humbles me to a lamb.

I cuddle to you dragon

no longer with fear,

our spirits vaporize

love, peace, and strength our prize.

Fur and bees and everything zen

drive our fantasies and join our traveling lives.

So there is a little ten line sonnet, a curtail sonnet. It if course ca be worked on a little more and edited, but it is a start. Try your hand at a curtail sonnet and read it aloud. Rhyme and rhythm play heavily into sonnets, so you can work on that to. The end rhyme can have a  pattern but they can also be free, whatever you would like, and whatever fits in with what you are trying to say.

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Stretching Poetry

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Stretching Poetry

If you do nothing else in the way of exercise at least try to stretch. Stretching in poetry can mean several things, such as stretching the truth in poetry. Not everything you say in poetry has to be true. That is part of art as the illusion. The truth and illusion are two different things, You do need a fair amount of truth in order for the reader to believe the illusion, but stretching the truth is part of art.

Abstract versus concrete helps create the illusion. Abstract are ideas you can’t really touch with your hand and this tends to keep people from believing in abstractions like love, god, and happiness. That is a depressing thought but, oh yeah depression too. These are all ideas, because you can’t hold these things in your hand and put a color to them. Yet illusion and stretching the truth in poetry allows us to do attempt at defining the abstract. Like the cliche red for love, grey for depression, and yellow for happiness these are all stretched but they seem to fit so for the mots part we accept the association. Some people don’t, and then write their own poetry assigning a color of their choice and experience to the abstraction. Ahh, this is the beauty of poetry. So here we go with a little stretching poetry focusing a bit on the abstract and concrete.

Stretching

One leg out in front and one leg bent in back

this is what love feels like when I’m in tack.

That voice coming in low and tingling my eyes

and making me want to reach out my hand, why?

When will we walk hand in hand stretching our arms

and being casual in the beauty of the air, my farm.

Who would ever think that words move like machines,

when life rolls by just as he or she is eating ice cream.

What next great thing will be found like the cell phone

where is the next stretch that amazes us to the bone.

For now we will tap our glass screens for love of fun

and register the bright colorful lights, distractions a ton.

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The Temperature of Poetry

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The Temperature of Poetry can be as cold as the water that flows beneath an ice fishing hole and or as warm as standing beside an erupting volcano on a tropical island. The temperature in poetry can be as comfortable as sitting on the deck of a blue ridge mountain cabin overlooking the green and blue of a mountainous view. You can bring temperature to your poems and make your readers want to go get a sweater or turn on the air conditioner. Find the temperature of your poetry theme and add it to enrich your readers experience.

Nudging Mercury

I don’t want you to drastically change my temperature.

I like my temperature.

Where I am right now,

I have to spend so much

time thinking

about the weather.

Will it be cold?

Will it be hot?

So much change

takes away from what I have to get done

the clothes, the sleep, the mood,

it all gets affected.

When it’s cool

like in the seventies

it’s the best.

Where can I go that it stays

in the seventies

all year long?

With you I want our

temperature to just be tepid.

I don’t need the extreme heat.

I already had it,

I don’t want to sweat so hard.

I just want to live free with you

in our tepid temperature

where your life feels good

and my life feels good

and we feel tepid together

and just good!

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Movement in Poetry and Poetry in Movement

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We can often believe that we have moved, because our thoughts move from one thing to the next, but have we truly moved. Have we truly moved our bodies to the fullest that they can, everyday. I can be moved to tears, a moment of laughter, or simply onto the next word in a poem. So what does it takes to move someone in a poem. The subject matter of movement is also an option for poetry. Exercise, dance, cooking is a movement, walking, loving, and running away. Action words are effective for bringing about an idea or meaning to a poem. Here’s a poem about movement.

Moving

I don’t have to move away

to move.

Sometimes just a shift in my seat is movement enough.

When I see you

I’m inspired to move

but in which direction I don’t know.

When I am alone I dance,

one foot in front of the other

and a swing of my hips

and a raise of my hands

and chin

to the sky, and I fly

to where I believe the angels

live.

Then I move into the bath

and get blessed

by the hot water

and floral soap

that moves my mind

from health to wealth,

in a second.

I walk a thousand steps

a day and my lips whisper

a hundred words

and somewhere

in there

I move

the gratefulness

of “thank you”

from my soul to the air

and let it go.

Movement in poetry can be greater explored. This was just a quick example but if you really think about movement and dive deep into the subject it is a vast arena for poetry and song! Writing is exciting, keep writing. Slainte!

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Popping Poetry Like Champagne

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Celebrate your ability to feel and write with a poem. This posts is about making poetry as light as the bubbles that float in a bottle of champagne. Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin champagne of course, thank you France! Death, sorrow, pain yes those can be a source of inspiration for poetry,but why when you can also take the time to write light. Who needs a day, a reason to be light and airy, lets just float along in life today and feel good we can go back to being weighted by the world’s problems tomorrow. Travel to a beautiful place, sit peaceful and let the warm breeze or cold breeze on your skin and change what you normally think into thinking about something new. Imagine, dream, be lofty. Who cares if it is not really true, escapism is a natural cure to boredom and monotony.

Light in color, the champagne flows

to a glass, and she smiles and he smiles.

They celebrate.

What, does it matter,

they are just happy,

just because!

There minds are free.

They don’t care anymore.

There is nothing to worry about.

They made it.They sip and move.

Their fingers brush as their glasses

gently clink together,

and their shining eyes

look at each other as clear

as the shining champagne

that shares their

lips and loveliness.

Sometimes it’s just a champagne kind of day. A little fruit too is nice. Strawberries, grapes soaked in the champagne is wonderful. For those who are young or don’t drink alcohol or shouldn’t their is sparkling apple cider that is awesome. Pick your favorite poem, write your own, however you find a little inspiration in a poem read it out loud to someone you care about. Have them read one to you. In this age of internet and personal devices there is no replacement for the human connection for happiness to the heart.

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